TORONTO—Cristina Martins was nominated this evening to run for reelection as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Davenport.
“For the past four years, I’ve worked hard to serve our community, with a particular focus on improving access to affordable child care, investing in our schools and transit, and working to advance the rights of women and immigrants. I’ve listened and worked closely with local residents to ensure our voices are heard at Queen’s Park,” said Martins. “I’m excited to campaign on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s bold, progressive agenda of free preschool child care child care, free access to 4400 prescription drugs for children and youth and soon for seniors, investments in long-term care, and free tuition for 225,000 students. We have a solid, progressive plan to ensure we invest in care and continue to work to create a fairer society.”
“The Ontario Liberal Party has proven itself to be the most progressive Party in Ontario. Our record stands in stark contrast with Doug Ford’s reckless Conservative agenda of cutting services in order to put more money in the pockets of wealthy corporations. We’ve seen firsthand what his cuts mean from his time on City Council when he worked to cut bus service, libraries and programs for our students,” said Martins. “Now is the time for progressives across the City to unite behind the one Party that will ensure we continue to build a fairer society, rather than going backwards with Doug Ford.”
Cristina Martins was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Davenport. Martins currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Growth. She was previously Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, focusing on citizenship and immigration issues.
Martins is a former President of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals, a former Deputy Chair of the Greater Toronto Business Association, and a former Director of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto. She has a wide breadth of business experience, including more than fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry.
She was born in Portugal and moved with her family to Davenport in the 1970s. She is fluent in Portuguese, and speaks Spanish, Italian and French. Martins earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ryerson University. She and her husband have two young sons.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to create opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families still feel like they can't get ahead. Our plan for care and opportunity includes building a stronger, healthier Ontario through historic new investments in health care, including through free medications for everyone under 25 and a committed expansion to serve those over 65 through OHIP+; providing free tuition for over 225,000 students and on-the-job learning opportunities to help land a great job; and helping 100,000 kids access quality, licensed child care, including a commitment to free preschool child care.
The Conservatives have vowed to halt the $15 minimum wage. They have backed away from the fight against climate change, and have promised billions of dollars in cuts to critical public services. While the Ontario Liberal Party is focused on investing in the services and infrastructure people rely on, the Conservatives remain focused on gutting healthcare and education, denying working people a decent paycheque, and threatening much-needed public infrastructure projects.
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